Los Angeles: a public bank with a mandate to serve the people?

Posted Posted in Banks, City council, Employment, Energy, Environment, Finance, Local economies, Low carbon, Manufacturing, Renewable energy, Tax, Transition

Voters in Los Angeles will be the first in the United States to choose whether to set up their city’s own public bank to serve the people instead of private interests. LA’s charter currently prohibits the creation of industrial or commercial enterprises by the city without voter approval. The City Council voted on June 29th […]

Rebuild the local economy: prioritise labour-intensive sectors, difficult to automate, impossible to relocate abroad

Posted Posted in Devolution, Economics, Economy, Employment, Finance, Green New Deal, Local economies, Low carbon, Manufacturing, Renewable energy, Transition

Colin Hines, co-founder of LWM and convenor of the UK Green New Deal Group, comments on the Guardian’s recent editorial on productivity and robots which ‘repeated the cliché that automation does cost jobs, but more are created’. He says that the problem with this is that the new jobs are frequently in different places from […]

Sheffield and Balsall Heath: the real march of the makers

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Devolution, Economy, Employee ownership, Employment, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Manufacturing, People power, Transition, Urban

The observations of Julian Dobson (Living With Rats blogspot @juliandobson), strike a welcome and hopeful chord after reading the dismal question: “Will Chancellor Osborne cripple the ‘makers’?” A search revealed JD’s substantial localist credentials – as director of Urban Pollinators, which helps to make sense of regeneration and the editorial director of New Start, the […]

Co-operatives: raising and developing the weakest part of our local communities and civil society?

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Democracy, Employee ownership, Finance, Food, Globalisation, Housing, Local economies, Localisation, Manufacturing, Mutuals, Planning, Retail, Social Enterprise, Trade, Transition

The roots of the co-operative movement in Italy go back to 19th century workers’ associations, with credit services, agricultural and building co-ops forming an important part of the overall economy. There are more than 20, 000 cooperatives, including housing and banking movements, with over 3 million members. In 2011 Jeffrey Hollander asserted that the success […]

Preston: building a new local economics

Posted Posted in City council, Co-operatives, Economics, Employee ownership, Local economies, Local government, Manufacturing, Mutuals, Outsourcing, Planning, Procurement, Reports, Transition

New Start magazine, which champions urban regeneration that is inclusive, sustainable and socially just, has reported on the work of CLES (Centre for Local Economic Strategies) with Preston City Council. Innovative Quinton councillor John Clancy, who has been to Preston to meet councillors there at a CLES conference, has already tweeted the New Start article. […]

Think global, act local – H.T. Brigham, Coleshill

Posted Posted in Food, Globalisation, Import substitution, Local economies, Manufacturing, Planning, Procurement, Regional economies, Trade, Transition, Transport

Where did you buy your groceries from this week? Did you visit the independent traders on your local high street, or the one-stop-shop supermarket just down the road? Which you choose will probably come down to several factors including, price, quality, variety, convenience, and not least, whether you even have a local high street anymore. […]

Swadeshi movement, which ‘prefers the neighbourhood over the remote’, affects Indian government policy

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Economics, Energy, Environment, Finance, Food, Globalisation, Health, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Manufacturing, Planning, Politics, Poverty, Protest, Transition, Transport, Water

  New Delhi Television online reports that the Swadeshi Jagran Manch and a farmers’ organisation met India’s Environment Minister today to protest against the go-ahead given by the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee on July 18 to field trials of 15 GM crops, including rice, mustard, cotton, chickpea and brinjal. The Environment Minister, in a statement […]

Greater…. – a role model for Birmingham ?

Posted Posted in Economics, Economy, Local economies, Manufacturing, Politics, Regional economies, Textiles

Cities offering themselves as sites for foreign manufacturing companies to make and sell into  their national market can be found all over the world today. A hundred years ago only one city was systematically doing this in Europe. But far from being a road to prosperity, that city was not one of the few that […]

Energy security, using devices manufactured in this country

Posted Posted in Economy, Employment, Energy, Environment, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Manufacturing, Planning, Procurement, Regional economies, Renewable energy, Transition

Professor John A. Mathews’ areas of expertise include semiconductors, flat panel displays and new energy industries, solar photovoltaics and LEDs. He wrote in the Financial Times: “A quite different version of “energy security” involves reliance on the power generated by renewable devices – wind turbines, solar cells – that are manufactured in the country itself. […]

Should we learn from countries whose companies own our energy providers?

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Democracy, Devolution, Economy, Employee ownership, Employment, Energy, Environment, Import substitution, Low carbon, Manufacturing, Planning, Procurement, Regional economies, Renewable energy, Social Enterprise, Transition

Celia Richardson, director of the Social Economy Alliance, is the lead signatory of a letter in the Financial Times.   The Alliance was launched by Social Enterprise UK, a coalition of leading social economy organisations, in order to influence the way political parties formulate social and economic policies before the next General Election and increase […]